Noosa Festival of Surfing noserider event

Riders carve it up in style at Noosa Festival of Surfing

SUNSHINE and glassy waves have combined to create almost perfect conditions for the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Spectators have been treated to some sensational surfing with riders 'defying gravity' in the noserider and expression sessions.

Crowds lined along Noosa's First Point to get a glimpse of the myriad of movements ranging from walking the board to hang fives and 10s.

Harrison Roach and Alex Bullpit were standouts in the noserider event while Lawrence Harkness from NSW scored an almost perfect 9.6 in the Classic Malibu mens open event.

Kathryn Hugh, Erin Dark and Hanna Nelson from California were among the standout female competitors today in swell which ranged from two to three and a half feet.

Organisers of the Noosa Cricks sponsored event have been happy with strong crowds

In earlier action on Wednesday, Harrison Roach again delighted in theLaguna Bay Longboards Logger Pro, which was was nothing short of spectacular.

A controversial heat saw Manly's Matt Chojnacki caught off guard for his heat.

The Sydney surfer missed the start of his heat, paddling around the point from Little Cove to compete shirtless.

Despite picking up some excellent waves - and confusing judges - Matt was unable to top the faultless performance of Nic Jones and Josh Constable's intrinsic local knowledge.

Always a challenging event for the judges, round one of the Golden Breed Noserider Pro had stopwatches ticking and pencils flying to clock up the tip time of each heat's four competitors.

The second round of the Cricks Noosa Women's Open showed the calibre to which the fairer sex has now come in the sport.

This was reinforced in the first two rounds of the World Surfaris / Ocean Divine Women's Pro.

Many of the surfers were in multiple heats across both divisions, but Dimity Stoyle caused a particular stir, poking her head into the commentary booth to ask when her heat was on, only to be told it had started ten minutes ago!

Despite this significant set-back, having missed more than half of her heat, Dimity went on to not only qualify for the next round but win her heat, testament to her supreme skills.

Justin Quintal caught a medium scoring wave, but rapidly backed it up with a gravity-defying ride, registering over 20 seconds of toe-dangling to take the highest score and progress to the seeded round two.

And Shohei Akimoto of Japan made his trip well worthwhile to claim second.

Our co-commentator all the way from Jersey, England, Joe Davies, also did a cracking job. Joe's board seemed to be firmly adhered to the wave, giving him an excellent 30.23 seconds of noseriding and the advancement into round two.

The older age divisions bridged the low tide, giving the more senior gentlemen a struggling time out in the lineup, but they didn't disappoint the growing crowd on the beach and scattered around the natural amphitheatre of Noosa's First Point.

This year has seen consistent swell, with competition remaining at First Point, unlike other years, which have required relocation down the beach for contestable waves.

Despite their being in the most senior of the age categories, the Over 65s, sponsored by Noosa's Hogs Breath Café, put their younger counterparts to shame, surfing far below their age range in the division's first round.

The final of the Laguna Bay Longboards Logger Pro was extended to a 40-minute heat, to provide maximum opportunity to pick up solid rides.

Absolutely unbelievable in his surfing prowess was Harrison Roach, navigating his way through impossibly long rides to claim first place.

But it was Nic Jones who stood out particularly well. Up against Roach and former world champion, Josh Constable, young Nic combined performance and traditional to take a well-earned second place despite suffering from a sever stomach bug.

Nic not only claimed second and a cash prize but, as the highest placed unseeded competitor in the division, also claimed the single wildcard entry into Friday's Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Pro.

To complete the day's events, the Seaglass Project Finless Pro drew a huge crowd.

Riding a variety of finless craft, surfers performed staggeringly in the challenging conditions.

Caloundra surfer Fred Branger set the bar, Fred's phenomenal control and ability on these tricky craft absolutely outstanding.

High Tide Surfboards' Jordie Brown, from Apollo Bay, performed enough 360 spins to make a ballerina dizzy to claim his round, while Dimity Stoyle did a superb job as the heat's only female to gain a qualifying position against Tom Wegener, Braden Weir and Finlay 'Finless' Wegener.



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